Language Quotes

We inhabit a language rather than a country.

Emil Cioran

There is nothing more nervous than a million dollars - it moves very fast, and it doesn't speak any language.

Joseph Jacques Jean Chrtien

The universe was a language with a perfectly ambiguous grammar. Every physical event was an utterance that could be parsed in two entirely different ways, one causal and the other teleological.

Ted Chiang

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

Wystan Hugh Auden

I'm glad I understand that while language is a gift, listening is a responsibility.

Nikki Giovanni

Kindness is a language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear and understand.

Christian Nevell Bovee

Grammar and logic free language from being at the mercy of the tone of voice. Grammar protects us against misunderstanding the sound of an uttered name; logic protects us against what we say have double meaning.

Rosenstock Huessy

Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.

Noam Chomsky

The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos.

Lydia Maria Child

Journalism may not dare too much. It can be gently humorous and ironic, very lightly touched by idiosyncrasy, but it must not repel readers by digging too deeply. This is especially true of its approach to language: the conventions are not questioned. The questioning of linguistic conventions is one of the main duties of what we call literature.

Anthony Burgess

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the Devil; for which reason I have, long since, as good as renounced it.

Thomas Carlyle

Go around listen to how many times a day you say, "I love" instead of, "I hate." Isn't it interesting that children, as they learn the process of language, always learn the word "no" years before they learn the word "yes"? Ask linguists where they hear it. Maybe if they heard more of "I love, I love, I love" they'd hear it sooner and more often.

Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia

Some people use language to express thought, some to conceal thought, and others instead of thought.


Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It has not been definitively proved that the language of words is the best possible language. And it seems that on the stage, which is above all a space to fill and a place where something happens, the language of words may have to give way before a language of signs whose objective aspect is the one that has the most immediate impact upon us.

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